CONVAIR CONVERTED THE CANBERRA IN 1951
-BEN RICH (Rich & Janos 7)
If Mach 23 speeds were witnessed. Then an ASPEN variant of the plane was being tested. Which means that a still undisclosed version of the plane exists. Since the ASPEN is a Sanger Spaceplane and all Sanger Space Planes have rocket engines. Then this variant of the B-57 had a nuclear thermal rocket for a third engine. Which was probably in the tail. A Mach 23 space plane in August of 1951 is incredible. Even the more conservative estimate of a plane capable of sustained Mach 2.3 is incredible for 1951. In the early days of the program 1946 to 1947 NEPA had predicted terminal velocities greater than Mach 13+ were possible. So, extremely high speeds were possible and were being pursued in the ANP R&D program.
The early versions of the U-2 and RB-57 had unpainted airframes. It was done as the story goes to save weight. There is another possible explanation for the lack of paint. Since these vehicles were designed to fly at high altitude, they will reflect the sunlight due to the difference in the relative horizons i.e. the sun has set for the observer on the ground but it has not set for the person flying at high altitude. Reflecting the sun's light the plane would appear as a bright light in the sky. A similar phenomena took place when the Shuttle re-entered the atmosphere. A person could watch the shuttle re-enter the atmosphere from the ground and it looked like a bright light in the sky when it did. So, the lack of paint was intentional. It increased the amount of light reflected back to the ground. It would befuddle naive observers on the ground. So, it would affect the psyche of those who saw it.
It would also be causing a lot of confusion for Soviet radar technicians. Because the plane could been seen visually by observers yet it did not appear on the radar. The Project GRUDGE 25 August 1951 report shows that the objects were not seen on radar. This is significant. Because this same summer WADC's Lt.Col Leghorn was working with engineers from English Electric Company, the manufacturer of the Canberra, at Wright Patterson AFB in Ohio. He is the one that figured out that you could fly over the Soviet Radar coverage for a surprise attack. A year earlier in March of 1950 the British were already flying modified Canberras to record altitudes. Leghorn was calling for a plane that could fly at high altitudes and take high resolution photos in papers he wrote back in 1946 and 1948. So, these were sightings of experiments to see if his theory was true.
The "overflight" programs of the 1950's were meant to cause terror in the hearts of the Soviets by demonstrating that they had no control over their airspace. It clearly was meant to show that they could be wiped out in a surprise attack at any time. It would take the Russians ten years to come within parity of America's clearly superior capability. The ICBM/Sputnik and the Vostok Spacecraft were coming close to American capabilities in a nominal sense. But given their predictable ballistic paths and limited payloads they were more susceptible to interception. They were still a long way off from parity. Yuri Gagarin's flight would cause the Joint Chiefs of Staff to call for a preemptive strike on the USSR. This was something Kennedy refused to do.
This and other tensions would lead to Kennedy's assassination in one of the hubs of ANP research or the military space program, the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolis. It has not been noted by anyone that I know of except me that the Kennedy's John and Robert were both assassinated in the towns that held hubs for ANP research. Which was the front for the military's space program. Dallas-Fort Worth was the town that Convair used. Los Angeles was the town that Lockheed used. According to a NRO memo these two companies shared a special relationship. This relationship must have played a role in the assassinations.
|The Canberra here is shaped like a chevron or crescent.|
|The memo mentioning the special Convair Lockheed relationship.|
Kelly: More Than My Share of It All
Clarence L. "Kelly" Johnson (Author), Maggie Smith (Contributor)
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with agencies' comments, in subsequent sections of this report. CHANGES TN EMPHASIS AND DIRECTION. OF T1IE ANP PROGRAr4. The ANP program was ...